Racial Justice Act

Politics & Government
6:10 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Bill Rewriting Racial Justice Act Passes House

House lawmakers have passed a bill that would rewrite the state's Racial Justice Act.

Jessica Jones: House lawmakers passed the controversial measure by a veto-proof 72 to 47 after a long debate yesterday afternoon. The bill would narrow the use of statistics that death row inmates could use to show that racial bias was a factor in their cases. It would also narrow the time frame inmates could use to prove bias. House Majority Leader Paul Stam is a sponsor of the bill.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Bill Advances That Would Strip Racial Justice Act

A bill that would strip away much of the state's landmark Racial Justice Act passed a state House panel today.

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Law
5:40 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Death Row Sentence Changed Under Racial Justice Act

Advocates of the state's Racial Justice Act are hailing a judge's ruling today that race was a factor in a death row inmate's jury selection. Marcus Robinson was sentenced in 1994 for murder. Superior Court Judge Gregory Weeks ruled that prosecutors in the trial disqualified potential black jurors more often than others. Stephen Dear with People of Faith Against the Death Penalty says he thinks this decision shows that bias has played a role in convictions.

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Politics & Government
4:05 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Racial Justice Act Hearing Begins Today

The state's first Racial Justice Act hearing will get underway today in Cumberland County.

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Politics & Government
4:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

A Mother Who Has Lost Two Sons

Later today, a Superior Court judge in Fayetteville will preside over a hearing that will ultimately decide whether to let a death row inmate live. Marcus Robinson is the first prisoner on death row to appeal his sentence under the Racial Justice Act, passed in 2009. If the judge finds racial bias played a role in Robinson’s conviction or sentencing, his sentence could be commuted to life in prison. Robinson’s mother, Shirley Burns, plans to attend the hearing.

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Politics & Government
4:19 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Governor Vetoes Repeal of Racial Justice Act

Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a bill that would have repealed the Racial Justice Act.

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Law
4:30 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Lawmakers Wrap Up Session

Lawmakers have adjourned their post-Thanksgiving work session.

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Law
5:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Lawmakers Repeal Racial Justice Act

Lawmakers in Raleigh have voted to repeal a historic law that allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences.

The state senate voted 27 to 17 last night to repeal the Racial Justice Act. The law was passed two years ago amid great fanfare. It allows inmates to appeal their sentences by using statistical evidence to show the influence of racial bias. Republican Senator Thom Goolsby introduced the measure to repeal the Racial Justice Act on the Senate floor.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Senators to Consider Repealing Racial Justice Act

State lawmakers are back in Raleigh today. They'll discuss repealing the Racial Justice Act.

State of Things
12:33 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

First Racial Justice Act Hearing

Marcus Reymond Robinson, N.C. Department of Correction

One-hundred and fifty-one of North Carolina’s death row inmates say they can prove their sentencing was racially motivated. Starting next month, they’ll get the chance to take their claims to court. Under the Racial Justice Act – a controversial, two-year old law – convicts are allowed to appeal their sentences as a means to counter racial bias in the justice system. The first Racial Justice Act hearing goes to court in September. The convicted is an African-American man from Fayetteville who murdered a white teenager in 1991. Host Frank Stasio talks to Observer staff writer Paul Woolverton about why Marcus Reymond Robinson believes his death sentence should be changed to life without parole and about other Fayetteville headlines.

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